Glider- Conway’s Life


The glider is a pattern that travels across the board in Conway’s Game of Life. It was first discovered by Richard K. Guy in 1970, while John Conway’s group was attempting to track the evolution of the R-pentomino. Gliders are the smallest spaceships, and they travel diagonally at a speed of c/4. The glider is often produced from randomly-generated starting configurations.

Eric S. Raymond has proposed the glider as an emblem to represent hackers because:

  • The glider was "born at almost the same time as the Internet and Unix".
  • The Game of Life appeals to hackers.

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